Staff Reporter

Blow up railway track, torch truck loaded with groundnuts

Naxals threatened the traders to hike the procurement price of groundnut

Through this arson the Maoists tried to increase their support base

BERHAMPUR: Maoists showed up their violent fangs in Sundergarh and Malkangiri districts .

According to police sources armed Maoists blew up about four meters of railway track near Chandiposh railway station in Sundergarh district on Saturday morning. In Malkangiri district of south Orissa Maoists stuck at MV 73 and MPV 105 villages on Friday night. They burnt up a truck loaded with groundnut procured from the district near MV 73 village. As per initial reports they also tried to damage the machineries of a construction firm near MPV 105 village.

Luckily the Maoists could not time their blast near Chandiposh railway station. The blast that blew up the railway track occurred just after a goods train had crossed the spot. The impact of the powerful blast derailed the guards compartment at the end of goods train. The guard, K.R.N.Nair however managed to escape unhurt. No one else was injured in the incident. Railway officials rushed to the spot. The track could be repaired and railway traffic on the stretch could be resumed within four hours. It may be noted this stretch of railway track is mostly used by goods trains carrying minerals.

In Malkangiri district, a truck and the load of groundnuts on it were torched by the Maoists near MV 73 village. The truck and the groundnut loaded on it were of a trader of Jeypore in Koraput district. The groundnut had been procured from the peasants of the area. According to the Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) of Malkangiri, Anup Sahu, the naxals forced the driver and others in the truck to get down before they torched the vehicle. Mr. Sahu also added that they had received unconfirmed reports about a group of naxals attacking a camp site of a construction firm near MPV 105 village. It was suspected that naxals had damaged some construction machines there.

Naxals had earlier threatened the traders to hike the procurement price of groundnut collected from Malkangiri district. The Maoists wanted the procurement price to be between Rs. 22 to Rs. 25 per kilogram of groundnut procured. But the traders still continued to pay Rs. 19.50 per kilogram to the peasants. Through this arson the Maoists tried to increase their support base among the peasants. They also succeeded in creating panic among the traders to keep them away from the district creating trouble for the administration.